Monday, November 15, 2010

Proverbs 31 Reflections: Verse 18

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“She enjoys the success of her dealings; at night her lamp is undimmed.”

Today, you’d be pretty hard up not to have electricity available at night, but in the days of Solomon, it was a prosperous family, indeed, that was able to keep their lamps burning brightly after sunset.

In this verse, we stumble across something subtle but intriguing: the Proverbs 31 wife is enjoying her blessings. It’s seems so simple that we might be tempted to just gloss over it, but sometimes I think we struggle with simply enjoying our blessings in our present culture. Why else would there be so many self-help books on the subject? And why would blogs like Ann Vos Kamp’s Holy Experience strike such a poignant, previously unmet chord in the lives of so many women?

So, as Thanksgiving approaches, and we look back on a year of blessing and challenge, let us relish and enjoy in gratitude. And, if you’re not feeling particularly “successful” this year, take a little time to reflect on why that might be. Perhaps you could turn over a new leaf this year? Or maybe you just need some new perspective to see successes where maybe you haven’t before.

Work hard, prosper, give thanks, and enjoy. God bless.

Picture Credit: Woman Working by Lamplight by Jean Francois Millet

2 comments:

  1. The other night after vacuuming, doing the dishes, and cleaning the kitchen floor, I sat back in the early night hours with a cup of peppermint tea and simply enjoyed the cozy cleanliness of my home in my favorite chair. Thank you for this reminder.

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  2. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the rest of this wonderful chapter :)

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